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Why Aren’t Kindles Free-Marketed?
June 25, 2012 | 9:10 am

Images In all the hullaballoo over agency ebook pricing and how terrible it is to not allow ebooksellers like Amazon to discount ebooks and sell them at whatever price they want, even if it is at a loss, ebookers haven’t questioned the lack of dynamic pricing of ereaders themselves, especially that of Amazon’s Kindles. Consider this: Every store that sells an Amazon Kindle sells it for exactly the same price as Amazon and every other retailer. And when one retailer has it on sale for $20 off, so does every other retailer. (This is also true of the Sony, Kobo, and Nook devices.) Why aren’t ebookers complaining...

The Value of eBooks: Is $2.99 The New Value
June 18, 2012 | 8:44 am

Images One excuse the big publishers used for going to the agency model of pricing was that Amazon’s $9.99 price for certain bestsellers was undervaluing the books and would establish expectations in ebookers regarding maximum pricing. So, if that is true, how do these very same publishers justify putting certain ebooks on sale for $2.99 or less? This question popped to mind when Little, Brown, a subsidiary of Hachette, put City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris on sale for $2.99. This is the second mystery book by Ferraris featuring the same Saudi Arabian investigative team. (Although this is not a review of the book, it is worth...

To Design or Not to Design in the Age of eBooks
June 7, 2012 | 10:18 am

Images  1 Whenever a discussion arises about how an indie author can increase sales, two things generally occur: First, regardless of the merits of the suggestion, the indie author defends by saying he or she cannot afford to spend the money to hire the professional (fill-in-the-blank) and second, with limited funds available for hiring a professional, it is hard to prioritize where to spend the money. There isn’t a lot that can be done about the first matter, but tackling the second matter, every indie author can do. Years ago, when I ran a small publishing company, we worked under very tight budget...

And Then There was One: Redux
May 21, 2012 | 9:27 am

Images Last week I wrote about my experience with Barnes & Noble’s customer service and how frustrating I found B&N’s attitude. Ted Weinstein twitted about the article and received back a suggestion that ‘Dan’ at B&N be contacted, with an e-mail address. Ted was kind enough to post that reply as a comment to the article. So I did write Dan and I commented, in reply to Ted’s comment about the response I got. However, the story does not end with that reply. I’m a firm believer that when an effort is made to rectify a situation, that effort is deserving of attention,...

Worth Noting: Daisy’s War by Shayne Parkinson
May 18, 2012 | 9:11 am

A6bc8c850589d8e63c2a4f29b8cfc88e6197b371 thumb I, my wife, and most people who have read the Promises to Keep quartet of ebooks are big fans of indie author Shayne Parkinson. For those of you unfamiliar with the quartet, I reviewed the books 2 years ago in On Books: The Promises to Keep Quartet and again in On Books: Promises to Keep are Promises Kept, and have been waiting for the next book in the series to arrive. My wife and I are still recommending these books to anyone who asks for an excellent read. In the past week or so, we were wondering if Shayne Parkinson had finally released the next...

And Then There Was One: Barnes & Noble’s Lack of Customer Service
May 16, 2012 | 9:44 am

Images For a long time I have advocated buying ebooks from Barnes & Noble. Not because B&N was the cheapest or had the very largest selection (although I admit that I consider the argument that Amazon has more titles than B&N to be a specious one; after all, does it truly matter that one has 1.3 million titles and the other has 1.1 million titles, as long as the store where I shop has the title I want to buy? How likely is it that I will read even 10% of the available titles — or, more importantly, even have an...

On Books: Rebecca Forster — Legal Thrillers
May 15, 2012 | 8:30 am

839e0b65f55a455752b558d904e04296a7440c10 thumb As I have mentioned in other posts, I began my serious adult work career as a lawyer (between college and law school, I tried a lot of different jobs, none satisfying). I was a trial attorney in the U.S. Midwest for a number of years before moving back to the East Coast and becoming an editor. My experience as a trial attorney, especially my experience defending persons accused of committing a crime, has always interfered with any enjoyment I might otherwise have gotten by reading lawyer-centric legal thrillers. For example, it stretches my credulity beyond the limits to read about a first-year...

Should Editors Certify That an eBook has Been Edited?
May 9, 2012 | 9:17 am

Images I’ve been toying with this idea for some time now. I haven’t gotten very far with it because of resistance from editorial colleagues, but I’m wondering if professional editors should certify that a book has been professionally edited as a way to assure the author’s customers that the book was edited? I know it is impossible to certify an ebook as error-free, especially as editorial decisions are rarely black or white, instead often being shades of gray. Besides, it is the rare book – e or p – that I have bought or read that doesn’t have at least a few errors. The idea...

The Tablet and Me: The Nook Tablet After a Couple of Weeks
May 2, 2012 | 8:35 am

Images A couple of weeks ago, my wife bought me a Nook Tablet. I related that experience, and my initial impressions, in The Tablet and Me: The Nook Tablet. Now that I have used the Tablet for a couple of weeks, I thought I would update my experience. (Note that I have not used or seen a Kindle Fire or Kobo Vox. Consequently, I cannot compare the Nook Tablet to either of those devices. My comments are not intended to imply that either the Fire or Vox cannot provide the same or similar experience. This is simply about my experience with the...

Are eBook Authors Unwittingly Losing Sales?
April 25, 2012 | 9:39 am

Images In a recent article at his blog eBookAnoid, another blog that I regularly read, Tony Cole asked this question: ‘Do you remember the name of the ebook you have just finished reading?’ Although I have not written about this topic before, I have often thought about how I rarely remember wither the author or the book title of the ebook I am currently reading or have just finished. My experience is that I can tell you the storyline of the ebook I am reading, and if it is particularly well-written, I can name and describe many of the characters. Some good...

The Department of Justice vs. eBooks II
April 23, 2012 | 9:13 am

Images As I noted in the first part of this article (see The Department of Justice vs. eBooks I), the settlement proposed by the DOJ raises a lot of issues but doesn’t attack the central premise that agency pricing is okay. I mentioned in part I that publishers could raise the list/wholesale prices of not-yet-published ebooks. But there is another option that could prove to be even more effective: Publishers are not obligated to give ebooksellers a 50% or higher discount as the wholesale price. Publishers could limit the wholesale discount to 30%, which would reflect the current 70-30 split that comes...

eBooks vs. pBooks: A Lesson in Value
April 16, 2012 | 10:28 am

Images This past weekend, my son and I traveled to New York City for the annual Antiquarian Book Fair sponsored (at least in part) by The New York Review of Books, which is the one magazine about books that I highly recommend. As a subscriber to the Review, I was given a complimentary pass and because my wife advertises her art (see her website for beautiful paintings of the Hudson River Valley and portraiture) in the Review, she was able to get a second complimentary pass. I mention the complimentary passes because the cost of admission to the Fair should have given me a...